People in the News (03/03/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (03/03/19): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The board of trustees of the Nord Family Foundation in Amherst, Ohio, has announced the appointment of ANTHONY RICHARDSON as executive director. Richardson joined the foundation as a program officer in January 2015 and has played an integral role in shaping its grantmaking in the areas of civic affairs and education. In addition, he is an active member of Philanthropy Ohio, serves on the board at Funders Together to End Homelessness and on an advisory board member for the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and is a member of the ideastream community advisory board. In 2017, he received Philanthropy Ohio's Emerging Philanthropist Award and recently was featured by the Chronicle of Philanthropy in the insert "The Influencers: People Quietly Changing the Nonprofit World."

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation in Durham, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of JOHN R. LUMPKIN as president, effective April 22. Lumpkin most recently served as senior vice president, programs at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and, before joining RWJF in 2003, served as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health for twelve years. Lumpkin earned his MD and BMS degrees from Northwestern University Medical School and his MPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health and was the first African American trained in emergency medicine in the country after completing his residency at the University of Chicago. He has served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois at Chicago. 

The Proteus Fund in Amherst, Massachusetts, has announced the appointment of NIMA SHIRAZI to its board and the appointments of JESSE BEASON and IAN FULLER to the board of the Proteus Action League, with Fuller assuming the role of treasurer. Shirazi is a director at Spitfire Strategies, where she is responsible for communications, campaign, and message development. Prior to joining Spitfire, she was a senior fellow and founding member of the Narrative Initiative and managed communications, multimedia production, and media relations and grantmaking at Atlantic Philanthropies. Beason has worked at Northwest Health Foundation in Portland, Oregon, since 2013, serving as the organization's vice president of strategy and public affairs before becoming president in January. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as executive director of Proud Ground in Portland and as senior policy director of housing, culture and planning for then-Commissioner Sam Adams. He has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal as a "40 under 40" leader and by Portland Monthly as a "rising star," and in 2014 he was cohort member of the African American Leadership Academy. Fuller is a co-founder and partner of WestFuller Advisors, a boutique wealth management firm in New York, and serves as board chair of Common Justice and as treasurer/finance chair for Color of Change and The Workers Lab.

After a nationwide search, San Diego Grantmakers, a regional grantmakers association serving the San Diego community, has announced the appointment of DEBBIE McKEON as its new president and CEO. McKeon joins SDG after from the Council of Michigan Foundations, where she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Previously, she served as executive director of NorthSky Nonprofit Network (MI) and as managing director and CEO of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, both of which she founded, and on the boards of the Michigan Association of United Ways and the Michigan Humanities Council. She will assume her new role at SDG on April 8.

In other news, the board of the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation in Binghamton, New York, has announced that JUDITH C. PECKHAM, the foundation’s executive director, will retire at the end of August. Peckham, who has served for more than thirteen years as the foundation’s first executive director, has a nearly forty year record of service to nonprofit and philanthropic communities in Broome County and, among other things, was instrumental in the creation of the Broome County Arts Council, the Broome Leadership Institute, and the formation of Exponent Philanthropy, a national organization for foundations with few or no staff. In 2016, she was named "A Woman of Distinction" by the NYPENN Pathways Council of the Girl Scouts and received the Sigma Award from the Binghamton University Dept. of Public Administration "for a lifetime of service to greater Binghamton."

STEVE COEN, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation, has announced that he plans to retire at the end of July. Coen joined the foundation in 1987 and held several positions, including director of public affairs, senior program officer, and vice president for administration, before becoming president and CEO in August 2008. In that position, Coen oversaw the creation and development of the Kansas Leadership Center; the launch of a twenty-year, $60 million investment in Kansas community foundations called Giving Resources to Our World (GROW); a change in the foundation’s tax status to public charity, enabling it to better support public policy and advocacy efforts in the state; and the launch of the statewide "Can’t Wait to Read" early childhood literacy campaign. Before joining the Foundation, Coen served as a legislative assistant to Sen. Bob Dole in Washington, D.C. and as state director of his four Kansas offices. As president and CEO of KHF, he has been an active member of Grantmakers in Health, served as chair of the Governor's Council on Fitness, and is a member of the Leadership Council of the Greater Wichita Partnership.

BILL HYBL has stepped down as CEO of El Pomar Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in Colorado, with nearly $600 million in assets, and will be replaced in that position by his son, KYLE HYBL, the first leadership change at the foundation in forty-six years. Hybl, 76, joined the foundation as vice president and executive director in 1973 and in the decades since has overseen more than $500 million in grants, the largest of which — $32 million — enabled construction of the Broadmoor World Arena. His public service includes service as special counsel to President Ronald Reagan and as U.S. representative to the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations. He also served as chair of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (2003-09) and twice served as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, was on the International Olympic Committee (2000-02), and he continues as chair of the U.S. Olympic Endowment. Kyle Hybl has served as the foundation’s chief operating officer since 2013 and recently completed his second six-year term on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. He joined the foundation as general counsel in 2000 after serving five and a half years as a judge advocate for the Air Force.

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